Since launching Google Apps last August, companies of all sizes have experienced the benefits of delivering simple, useful hosted applications to their employees. However, larger organizations are frequently forced to choose between taking advantage of the latest innovations that will make employees more productive and ensuring security and corporate compliance. As noted on the Official Google Blog, we're excited to announce that we've agreed to acquire Postini, a company that offers hosted security and compliance solutions for email, IM, and other web-based communications. Postini already serves more than 35,000 businesses and 10 million users and was one of our first Google Enterprise Partners for Google Apps.

Postini's offerings are a natural complement to our technology, and we are excited about giving businesses the opportunity to make the leap to hosted applications, such as Google Apps, more quickly. The acquisition of Postini comes on the heels of our recent release of email migration tools, which have already been used to migrate millions of email messages from legacy systems over to Google Apps. And it's part of our ongoing commitment to meet the needs of organizations of all sizes with Google Apps.

For organizations that are not yet ready to jump full force into hosted applications, Postini's proven messaging security and corporate compliance management solutions are a great place to start. You can request a demo or sign up for a test drive right now.

We hope that by providing a more complete communication and messaging solution, even more users will have the chance to experience the joy of hosted applications like Google Apps.